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WSA Principals

NIA WSA Postdoctoral Members

  • Luisa Baca, M.D.

Past WSA Members

 

Date Member
1993-1995 Michele Evans, M.D.
1993-1995 Nikki Holbrook, Ph.D.
1993-1995 Cheryl Grady, Ph.D.
2005-2009 Francesca Bosetti, Ph.D.
2005-2010 Cathy Wolkow, Ph.D.
2010-Present Lori Beason-Held, Ph.D.
2011-2013 Yie Liu, Ph.D.
2012-2018 Henriette van Praag, Ph.D.
2018-2020 Isabel Beerman, Ph.D.
2019-Present Nicole Noren Hooten, Ph.D.
2020-Present Payel Sen, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Members

Date Member
2014 Jess Curtis, Ph.D. 
2015 Sylvie Raver, Ph.D.  
2015-2016 Anna McCarrey, Ph.D.   
2015-2016 Chinmoyee Maharana, Ph.D.
2015-2016 Sarah Mitchell, Ph.D.
2015-2018 Yuyoung Joo, Ph.D. 
2015-2016 Min Ju Kang, Ph.D.  
2017-2020 Becca McPerson, Ph.D.
2018-2019 Cristina Banuelos, Ph.D.   
2018-2021 Marta Woloszynoska-Fraser, Ph.D.  
2019-2021 Sharmin Hossain, Ph.D. 
2020-present Perla Moreno Castilla, Ph.D. 
2022-present Jamila Asgar, Ph.D. 
2022-present Luisa Baca, M.D.      

History of the Women Scientists Advisors

In 1991 as a director of NIH, Dr. Bernadine Healy established a Task Force to examine the status of intramural women scientists.

In November 1992, the Task Force issued a final report recommending that each IC have a Woman Scientist Advisor (WSA).  In 1993, the NIH WSA Committee was formed with representatives from each IC.  Click here to learn more about the WSA.

Mission of the Women Scientists Advisors

The mission of the NIA Women Scientists Advisors (WSA) is to foster achievement and support career development of women scientists, and to promote an equitable and diverse scientific community.

NIA & NIDA WSA Events

In collaboration with the WSA of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), we host a variety of events each year.

  • We host an annual Winter Tea to promote communication between women scientists from different laboratories and institutes. 
  • We give annual Achievement and Travel Awards for Excellence in Scientific Research which are presented to outstanding postdocs, staff scientists and investigators.
  • We sponsor a ‘Successful Women in Science’ discussion series centered around career trajectories in science.
  • We host a ‘Women in Science’ Seminar Series where exemplary postdocs and staff scientists are invited to share their research with the institutes.
  • We sponsor an annual panel discussion about careers in science from a woman’s perspective.
  • We invite successful women from the local community to talk about their careers.  Past guests have included Carla Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Public Library; Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum; Dr. Lena Wen, Baltimore City Health Commissioner; Dr. Cathy Deangelis, Editor-in-Chief Emerita of JAMA; Dr. Ellen Stofen, Director of Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum; and Melissa Hyatt, Baltimore County Police Chief.

Research Award Winners

2011

Lenore Launer, Deborah Croteau, Robin Minor

 

2012

Suhasini Avvaru, Myriam Gorospe, Eleanor Simonsick

 

2013

Nicole Noren Hooten, Yael Yaniv

 

2014

Julie Mattison, Sarah Mitchell, Tamara Harris

 

2015

Simonetta Camandola, Jennifer Illuzzi

 

2016

Monica Bodogai, Michele Evans, Anna McCarrey

 

2017

Qu (Teresa) Tian, Olga Fedorova

 

2018

Yazhou Li, Myong-Hee (Mia) Sung, Jie Ding

 

2019

Sara Bandres Ciga, Nicole Armstrong, May Baydoun

 

2020

Top row: Lori Beason-Held, Marina Weiler, Isabel Beerman

Bottom row: Achouak Achour, Mayuri Tanaka

 

2021

Top row: Payel Sen, Dushani Palliyaguru, Roshni Roy

Bottom row: Allison Herman, Martina Rossi

 

2022

Top row: Jennifer Martindale, Natalie Landeck, Ruth Chia

Bottom row: Sara Saez-Atienzar, Eleonora Duregon

Initiatives

Special Issue in Ageing Research Reviews featuring Women in Aging Research

Edited by Robert Brosh, Jr., Nicole Noren Hooten of the NIA IRP.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/ageing-research-reviews/special-issue/104Z4FZFSCG

NIH WSA Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series honoring, Distinguished Women Scientists at NIH:  https://sigs.nih.gov/wsa/anita-roberts-lecture-series

Resources

Women's History Month (womenshistorymonth.gov)

International Women’s Day https://www.internationalwomensday.com/

NIH WSA: https://sigs.nih.gov/wsa

NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:  https://www.edi.nih.gov/

NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office: https://diversity.nih.gov/

NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers: https://orwh.od.nih.gov/career-development-education/nih-working-group-women-biomedical-careers

NIH Childcare Resources:

Resource referral service: 1-800-777-1720

http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/resourcereferralservice

Webinar on referral service: Child Care

Child and Family Programs: https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Pages/index.aspx

  • This site has a section with programs and services organized according to employment status (federal employee, trainee, contractor, etc.)

Child and Family Programs info during the pandemic: Click here 

  • Lists options for services and programs according to employment status

NIH Child and Family Program: (301)-827-3250

Ms. Linda Owen, Program Specialist: linda.owen@nih.gov

Back-up Care Program:

http://backupcare.ors.nih.gov/

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Documents/NIHBUC_Flyer_508C.pdf

Childcare Subsidy Program:

http://www.ors.od.nih.gov/childcaresubsidy

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Documents/Subsidy_Flyer_508C.pdf

Childcare Centers:

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/centers/Pages/centers.aspx

  • There are currently no NIH childcare centers available in the Baltimore area

Parent Coach:

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Documents/NIH_Parenting_Coach_508C.pdf

Lunch and Learn Webinars:

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Pages/parent_seminars.aspx

Listservs:

https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/pes/dats/childcare/Documents/Parenting_Listserv.pdf

Caregiver Support: (301) 496-3164

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